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Friday, December 24, 2010

What The Hell?!? Friday - "Jesus was a NeoCon" Edition

I wasn't planning to put up a WHAT the HELL?!? post on Christmas eve, but, quite by accident the other night, I ran across these two seemingly contradictory posts, within about an hour of each other.

Jesus was a Jewish Communist.  This post is rich in biblical citations.  Here is an example.

Luke 6:24 : "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort."

Jesus was the Perfect Conservative.  This post, alas, is bereft of biblical citations, so we must take the allegations on -- uh . . . faith.

These two ideas seem irreconcilable.  But I found both on the inter-tubes, so - Hey! - They have to be true.  But - now what?

Maybe there is just a bit of temporal dislocation here.  Consider that the original Neocons, like Irving Krystol, were Jewish Communists (specifically Trotskyites) who, with the passage of time, and through some sleight-of-mind that is beyond my comprehension, became Goldwater and then Reagan conservatives.  I guess this validates Russell Kirk's point that conservatism is a mindset, and not an ideology.  But more importantly, what is the passage of time to God - a mere trifle, I'm sure!

Now, I realize it's hard to imagine Jesus wanting to, frex, "bomb Viet Nam back into the stone age."  Or Pakistan either, for that matter.  On the other hand, though, those people are MUSLIMS . . .

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around this - but the world is a complex, messy place, and Einstein - who probably understood Jewish things better than I do - convinced me that there are things in it that I'm just not going to get.

But the only people I can think of who were both Jewish Comminists AND conservatives were the original Neocons.  Ergo:  Jesus was a NeoCon.  Q.E.D.  (Sort of)

I imagine there are those among you who are viewing all this with doubt and skepticism.  If you are so reality-bound that you aren't willing to set all that aside, then you are not ready to be a NeoCon.  Nor an Austrian economist.

Amen, amen, I say unto you - oh ye of little faith.


nanute said...

All this time, I thought "Jesus Was A Capricorn." Me, I from the hole in the alphabet school. (I'm a recovering Catholic.) There is this group of "Christians in Amarillo that have waged a war on Santa. http://gawker.com/5715396/crazy-christians-shoot-santas-head-off
Merry Christmas, Jazzbumpa.

Jazzbumpa said...

I'm a hole in the alphabet recovering Catholic myself.

I am a big fan of Jesus, though.

His followers - well, not always so much.

But I do love me some Christmas.